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07 September 2010 - Media release

Albanian police chief’s visit to INTERPOL highlights commitment to international police co-operation

LYON, France – Collaboration and the sharing of police information with INTERPOL to combat transnational organized crime was the focus of a visit today to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters by Albania’s General Director of State Police, Mr Hysni Burgaj.

With Albania having integrated in June into its national police structure INTERPOL’s global network of tools and services, including its I-24/7 police communications system, a meeting between Mr Burgaj and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble focused on regional and international security issues such as organized criminal gangs, human and drugs trafficking. The Albanian delegation included the head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Tirana, Mr Pellumb Seferi.

“The automatic integration of INTERPOL’s global law enforcement system into our national police structure demonstrates Albania’s fundamental commitment to working with international law enforcement as a key component of national, regional and international security,” said Mr Burgaj. With 25 international fugitives arrested in Albania since the integration of the two systems in June, Albania’s police chief added that ‘the results to date bear out what can be achieved through enhanced collaboration with INTERPOL.’

Describing the international exchange of police information as key to INTERPOL’s co-operation with its 188 member countries, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble congratulated the Albanian police visitors for their country’s ‘strong and close collaboration’ with the world police body and conveyed to Mr Burgaj his thanks for Albanian Interior Minister Lulzim Basha‘s continued support of INTERPOL.

With Albania amongst the top 10 of INTERPOL’s 188 member countries in using its global nominal and stolen motor vehicles databases, Secretary General Noble added that "the exemplary action shown by Albania, its National Central Bureau in Tirana and its authorities in making critical information available to frontline police officers nationally will make it significantly more difficult for fugitives to evade capture and will make all our borders safer."

Following Secretary General Noble’s official visit to Albania in July 2009, Tirana seconded a specialist officer to INTERPOL’s Fugitives unit in July of this year.